12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The fourth full-length by Frightened Rabbit is a powerhouse of shambolic style. Boasting a bright, well-balanced, and textured sound, it staggers from quiet moments to catchy indie rock to brief vignettes bookended by full-bodied songs with big choruses. Despite the self-deprecating title, the lyrics are keen and expressive and full of confessions cloaked in imagery, a specialty of singer Scott Hutchinson. Dark moods and foul deeds abound, yet somehow never drag the songs down into a mire of maudlin expression. Instead, we get catharsis, escape, and honest assessments of emotional upheaval delivered in a honeyed Scottish accent. The band’s rich sound includes layers of horns, strings, piano, and organ balanced by booming drums and brittle guitar. Throughout the album, Hutchison freely points out his own faults, both in his character and his art—but listeners may have a hard time finding the latter among these brilliant gems.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The fourth full-length by Frightened Rabbit is a powerhouse of shambolic style. Boasting a bright, well-balanced, and textured sound, it staggers from quiet moments to catchy indie rock to brief vignettes bookended by full-bodied songs with big choruses. Despite the self-deprecating title, the lyrics are keen and expressive and full of confessions cloaked in imagery, a specialty of singer Scott Hutchinson. Dark moods and foul deeds abound, yet somehow never drag the songs down into a mire of maudlin expression. Instead, we get catharsis, escape, and honest assessments of emotional upheaval delivered in a honeyed Scottish accent. The band’s rich sound includes layers of horns, strings, piano, and organ balanced by booming drums and brittle guitar. Throughout the album, Hutchison freely points out his own faults, both in his character and his art—but listeners may have a hard time finding the latter among these brilliant gems.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Olmesartan ,

Half back flip conception

There is a primal energy lurking behind Pedestrian Verses lyrics. Scott's wry and often eloquently sad tales of his own human shyness touches me on a very personal level.Lyrics like: "bereft of all social charms"; "swallow the sweet self-loathing", and "hides a coward's heart in a lion's chest". This is beyond rock lyrics - art!

Rachill1986 ,

Inventive

Just all around consistently awesome!! .. It's so more evolved then the normal ubiquitous radio fodder of today. That normally consists of a few key hooks. Scott's voice, matched with brilliantly honest lyrics= All killer No filler!! ~~I'm in love~~

Bethannies ,

They get better and better

Always heart wrenching and beautiful

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